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4.6 /6 Excellent 13 Reviews

The Library

Chinatown European, British $$ +100

About The Library

Chinatown is a destination known all over Singapore. It’s a magnet for foodies and cocktail enthusiasts alike. As one of the highlights of the area and with a historic location on Keong Saik Road, The Library is a cocktail bar that cannot be missed. Modelled after a British speakeasy, this quirky spot is not signed and no entrance is marked. Instead, guests must find The Library off their own accord. There is an ambience like nowhere else in Singapore. In here, evocative drinks meet locally-inspired comfort food, and it’s all served late into the night. Close to Outram Park MRT, The Library is a place you’ll only want to share with a select few people.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 00:30
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 00:30
  • Thursday 18:00 - 00:30
  • Friday 18:00 - 00:30
  • Saturday 18:00 - 00:30
  • Sunday Closed
The Library, Keong Saik Road 47-49, 089151 Singapore

Further Information

The big hitters of culinary Singapore match great food and drink with style and a lot of character. And believe us, The Library is a big hitter. It’s been making waves as one of the finest cocktail bars down the packed dining and entertainment strip of Keong Saik Road in Chinatown, yet don’t expect this cool hangout to be shouting from any rooftops. Quite the opposite, in fact. The Library takes in all the traditions of a British-style speakeasy, meaning it’s low-key, intimate and damn difficult to find. The facade is regularly taken over with installations that change every month and guests need to give the correct password to enter. Once inside, however, you’ll find a place made for staying late with curious cocktails and comforting local food.

The drinks menu at this Chinatown hotspot is done by category: strong & dangerous, sexy & tropical, crazy & sophisticated. Each drink displays craftsmanship whilst taking inspiration from the secret past of Keong Saik Road, once a notorious red light district of old Singapore. And it’s the same story with the food. Supper at The Library is made up of locally-inspired comfort food in the way of beef cheek bao, char siew spring rolls and kimchi hot dogs. It’s quick, it’s easy, yet it’s elegant. The Library is a gem of Singapore – reserve a table now.


13 Reviews

4.6 /6 Excellent 13 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: reasonable
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
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3 reviews so far 6
15.10.2016 10:45

Great ambience, great food, and excellent service! The scotch eggs are a must try, as is the burger and the donut (according to the waiter it'll make you very happy, and it did make my date and me very happy indeed). Would come back again!!

3 reviews so far 6
22.08.2016 01:47

French toast was prepared and served in an interesting way and it was delicious. Service was excellent too. However, Entertainer app could not be used on a Saturday Lunch.

2 reviews so far 6
31.05.2016 09:12

very delicious food and the waiter serving us is very professional; semi fine dining style and they changed all our table setting after we finished the appetizer course! unexpected great service in such a cosy reastaurant!

3 reviews so far 5
11.08.2016 17:54

food portion is small. but overall quite tasty. not as cheap as I though would be. but still ok value. best is the dessert--the caramel cream donut.

9 reviews so far 4
09.04.2016 09:27

I made reservation at the study but was told the place was full and we can dine with the same menu at he library which is right next door. Having never been to both places , I didn't see any issue with it. When we arrived at the library , i was taken in by their unique decor. Something I never never been or seen in Singapore ....... However as we waited for the food , more and more people came in and it got crazy loud. I could barely talk to my friends without shouting. We wanted to just get our food and get the hell out of there. The service and food were good ( except for the scallop ) but next time I make a reservation , I am going it's actual at the study.

1 review so far 5
12.06.2016 19:05

Great atmosphere. Food is good. Had the fish and chips. Mussels and scallops as starter. Recommended. Made reservations however all the tables are full and we were placed by the bar/open kitchen where the chefs are cooking. Can get rather warm.

2 reviews so far 4
05.08.2016 12:26

It was fine, food was enjoyable. We were more interested in the bar next door - and it was nice of the Study staff to provide us with instructions to borrow the washroom at the Library.

1 review so far 5
22.01.2016 01:22

Nice food. Good service. Odd that bathrooms were next door. Value is .....? Hmmm. Nice China town location. If you need to book, you can try here.

3 reviews so far 5
21.05.2016 04:11

Restaurant ambience was good and service was great! Food wise it tasted ok - wished that it had more selection thou. Overall experience was a good one.

3 reviews so far 5
15.05.2016 14:57

Good was great, however it would be good if the restaurant told us in advance that we would be given bar seats instead of normal ones

26 reviews so far 4
11.05.2016 09:56

Great ambience and service. A good place to relax if you are not in a hurry, as food can take quite a while to be served. Also on the pricey side.

1 review so far 4
18.05.2016 14:59

This is a great brunch place to hang out with friends. Book in advance since there are limited seatings within the study. Next to it is a bar